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Cardinal Mahony, who retired in 2011, was accused of helping a confessed paedophile priest evade law enforcement by sending him out of state to a church-run treatment centre.
The disgraced former priest – named as Michael Baker – was later placed back in the Los Angeles ministry.
He was convicted in 2007 and sent to prison on sex abuse charges involving two boys.
The latest agreement concerns four other cases between the 1970s and the late 1990s.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, its former leader Cardinal Roger Mahony and the ex-priest have now agreed to settle four child sex abuse cases brought against them, lawyers for the victims said.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer Vince Finaldi said the settlement comes “as close to an admission of guilt as you’re going to get from the archdiocese”.
Clergy were not legally required under California law to report suspected child abuse to authorities until 1997.